toepic’s cbr4# Review #7: 11/22/63 by Stephen King
35 year old Jake Epping, a recently divorced high school English teacher in Maine, has been given a chance to change history. What if John F Kennedy hadn’t been killed in the prime of his life?How would that change Vietnam? Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy’s assassinations? Everything else? Jake’s friend Al, the owner of a local diner thinks the world would be a lot better, and he’s found out how to change it. But Al’s old and dying of lung cancer. He’ll need to convince Jake to go back in his place. But does the future want to be changed? Are there any more rhetorical questions I can ask?
Time travel is the frame that 11/22/63 is built upon. But it’s about so much more. It’s about a troubled repatriated communist named Lee Harvey Oswald. His scared and abused wife. And most of all, it’s about Jake, finding love, and learning about consequences big and small.
There is no way I can do justice to this amazing story. It’s long at 849 pages for the hard cover edition, but punctuated with thrilling crescendos throughout. There wasn’t a single boring moment or wasted page. If you’re not a Stephen King fan, this might be the story to change you. Also you suck. For fans, this reads just as fast as the 1074 page Under the Dome.
Most highlighted quote from Kindle users:
But stupidity is one of two things we see most clearly in retrospect. The other is missed chances.
If you liked Replay by Ken Grimwood, or more importantly, if you like 11/22/63, check out Replay.
Movie note: Academy Award winner Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia) is attached to write, produce and direct with Stephen King as an executive producer.
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Short interview with Stephen King about 11/22/63, and official book trailer after the jump.